April 20, 2019 2:45 pm

Courage to Come Back 2019: B.C. mom won’t let painful disease stop her from raising a family

WATCH: Kate Palmer is the winner of the medical category in the Courage to Come Back Awards, for not letting an extremely rare and painful disease stop her from raising a family and co-founding a charity. Catherine Urquhart reports. Today's Global News Hour at 6 Health Matters is brought to you by Pharmasave.


Raising three young children is a challenge for any parent, but it can be especially challenging for Kate Palmer, who has complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

“CRPS for me has been quite devastating,” Palmer said. “Obviously I have struggled with it for a long time.”

The neuro-inflammatory disease results in burning and throbbing pain, sensitivity to touch, joint swelling, and stiffness.

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Usually triggered by an injury, CRPS is ranked as one of the most painful conditions on the McGill Pain Index.

“On a tough day it’s hard to get out of bed, it’s hard to feel hopeful knowing that I have to live in this amount of pain every moment for the rest of my life,” Palmer said.

Every day Palmer pushes through the pain, choosing not to take opioids.

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She also dedicates time to the CRPS Hope and Awareness Foundation, which she co-founded.

“We focus on increasing education and awareness in the general public, because most people have never heard of the disease,” Palmer said.

“There isn’t really a lot of understanding for the context of what it means to live with the disease.”

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